Georgia Tech Participates in NSF Aerosol Study


This site is in the middle of nowhere. There’s nothing. There’s no entertainment. You have to work. You have to stay with your instruments, so life is tough here. But the result we get is really exciting–it’s really exciting. There about people from different institutions, from different universities from all
over the world. Each group studies different– studies different things and they’re
different focuses on aerosols. So, by collaborations with them, we can find some correlation between molecule A and molecule B. So the next
step is to really understand the data in a sense, we want to see how the emissions from the trees are
interacting with the pollution, how that changes the chemical properties
of the particles, how that changes how much of the particles
are formed during this process and then seeing how these particles can interact with
solar radiation in clouds, to affect climate. The ultimate goal, and
this would be the really awesome part, is to put this data inside of climate
models so we can actually predict to see how much these particles are
affecting the regional climate. And this is, for us, the, you know, sixty-four thousand dollar
question. The southeast is one of the few places on the planet that hasn’t experienced a lot of global
warming and we think it’s because of these particles.